Tour Highlights of Morocco 7 days
Day 1: Casablanca-Rabat
We will pick you up from the airport and make a quick visit to the city. Casablanca is the economic capital of Morocco; we will visit the Hassan II mosque. This is the largest mosque in Africa and decorated with beautiful tiling. After that we stroll through the medina and Mohammed V Square with its central fountain. Then we drive to Rabat.
Day 2: Rabat- Fes
The driver will pick you up after breakfast,we will explore Rabat, known as the City of Gardens. It is the administrative capital of Morocco. It’s at the same time, a modern and traditional city, a dynamic mix of ancestral and modern culture and it’s surrounded by colorful hillsides and mountains. Then we drive to Fes, the spiritual heart of Morocco we will explore the oldest City of Morocco and surely enjoy the walk through its alleys and small streets. south west wall of the medieval Medina is a beautiful looking entry, the Bab Bou Jeloud. It gives excess to narrow streets that are lined up with little stores that sell fresh fruits, spices, woven Berber carpets etc. This medina is very large, it is about 3 km. And therefore one of the largest medina´s Islamic in Africa. We will visit the famous Al Qaraouiyine University, the oldest in the region, the edina os Fes and the place Nejjarine and the Tanneries. At the tanneries you can watch locals work on skins of goat, lamp, camel and cow, in small clay pits. After your delicious lunch you will visit the tiles cooperative and then experience a wonderful panoramic view over the whole Medina of Fes. Overnight stay at the Hotel/Riad
Day 3: Fes – Midelt – Ziz Valley – Erfoud – Merzouga
This is a long driving day,where we will meet different colors of the kingdom by leaving the old Moroccan city of Fes. After breakfast in Riad, we drive south to Ifrane and Azrou through the Middle Atlas Mountains. On the way we will stop at the Ifrane means caves and it is nicknamed in Morocco as a little Switzerland since it is a very green town and is a ski resort in the Middle Atlas region of Morocco because of its high altitude at 1665 meters. Ifrane is very known as well by The Brotherhood private university, established in 1997 by The king of Morocco Hassan II and the king of Saudi Arabia Fahd. Where all classes are taught in English, it is an international university. After that you will head toward Azrou to see the monkies in the cedar forest. Continuing to Mideltis called “the apple capital” for a lunch meal in a restaurant. In the afternoon, we will cross the pass of TIZI N TALGHAMT to reach Errachidia while admiring the views of Ziz valley, later on, you will have a stop for a panoramic view of Ziz valley. The drive continues to Erg Chebbi Dunes passing by Aoufous and Erfoud (the last is famous with fossils and dates) where you may want to visit a local fossil craft workshop. After that you Will continue to the captivating dunes of Erg Chebbi, these dunes are called also Merzouga Dunes. Arrive to the hotel then a glass of mint tea, you will leave the luggage in a safe room and then take a camel ride to a Berber camp in the middle of the Erg Chebbi Sad Dunes.You will see one of the most beautiful sunsets in your lifetime and after that you'll see thousands of stars in the sky. You will spend the night in a camp (Berber nomad tents) where you have dinner and life music in the middle of the Sahara.
Day 4: Merzouga - Khamlia- Nomade Famillies - Merzouga
We wake up early for to see the Sunrise over the dunes. We return by camels to the hotel. Here you'll have a lovely breakfast and you can take a shower. After this we get on the road to discover the región of Merzouga. We start in Khamlia. Here we visit the Gnaoua people, originally slaves brought from Mali. You'll get the opportunity to listen to their Gnawa music and learn about their culture and lifestyle. With the 4x4 car we will discover the nomad's lifestyle. We will visit local nomad families who live in tents around the Erg Chebbi dunes. You’ll have lunch with locales in Berber village. After this we bring you to your accommodation where you can spend the free afternoon on your own. You can explore the town or the dunes next to the hotel to see the sunset. Dinner and the night are in the hotel.
Day 5: Merzouga – Rissani – Todgha Gorges – Valley de Dades
After breakfast we will drive to Errisani. This silent town was the ancient capital of Tafilalet and its location as a crossroads between north and south brought the city to an important status of a former major caravan center. Up to now Rissani remains a major commercial center in the region, with a large souk, particularly lively today on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sunday. It was noted for its leather and goat skin trading in ancient ages. On the way to the Todra Gorges we pass the palm trees groves. 127 km from Errisani the great canyons of Morocco Todgha Gorges are situated beyond the central high Atlas Mountains. Here, the contrasting landscapes remind visitors of the Colorado, with its high plateau, its gorges and great canyons, and its peaks sometimes splintered by erosion. The area is populated by Berbers. In the Todra Gorge you will have some time to walk by yourself and interact with the local people. Afterwards, we head to Boumalne Dades where we will spent the night.
Day 6: Dades Valley -Ouarzazate – Ait Ben Haddou - Marrakech
Today we go along the road of 1000 kasbahs, since there are enormous Kasbahs on both sides of the road. Some of those old fortified houses are restored but unfortunately a lot of them are ruins. We drive up to visit the Dades gorge & valley. Here you will see its rock formations “human bodies, fingers of monkeys “. After a stroll through the impressive Dades Gorge, we’ll drive to Ouarzazate passing by the valley of the Roses. This valley provides some of the most spectacular scenery of the south, this is where a large part of Morocco’s rose and rose water production occurs. This valley gives birth to a rose from which locals produces different cosmetic products like soap, perfumes and skin creams. Locals here celebrate this rose by organizing a national festival each end of April. We continue along the road of thousand Kasbah to the oasis of Skoura to visit the Kasbah of Amredil. Our trip continues to the city of Ouarzazate, a city of vibrant culture and artistic traditions. Ouarzazate (Hollywood of Africa, Noiselessly town, The door of the desert), is a city situated in the middle of a bare plateau, south of the High Atlas Mountains. It is mainly inhabited by Berbers, who constructed many of the prominent kasbahs and building for which the area is known. One of those building is Taourirt Kasbah diverted in 17th century. We the visit the fortified city of Aït Benhaddou, built in the 11th century. Once ups on a time this Kasbah was the former caravan route between the Sahara and Marrakesh. It is situated on a Hill along the Ounila River and has some beautiful examples of kasbahs, which unfortunately sustain damage during each rainstorm and windstorms. Most of the towns inhabitants now live in a more modern village at the other side of the river; however, around five families are still living within this Kasbah. Aït Benhaddou Kasbah has been as UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1987 and several films have been shot there, including Lawrence of Arabia (1962), Time Bandits (1981), The Jewel of the Nile (1985), Kundun (1997), Gladiator (2000) and Alexander (2004). From this beautiful fortified house we head west to the city of Marrakech. It is called the "Homeland of God in Berber". The ramparts of the town are nearly 30 kilometers long. Then we drive through the Atlas Mountains will show you fantastic views and lead you through Berber villages. Then we’ll drive back over the winding Tizi-n-Tichka pass back to Marrakech. We will bring you back to your hotel in the early evening.
Day 7: Marrakech
This day you can explore the city by the guide will meet you at your hotel and give you a half day tour to discover Marrakesh which is known as the Red City; You will stop at the:
• the Koutoubia Mosque, which is an old monument built under the reign of the Almohad Caliph Yaqub al-Mansur (1184 to 1199). This monument inspired other buildings such as the Giralda in Seville in Spain and the Hassan Tower in Rabat.
• the Bahia Palace. This Palace was built in the late 19th century and was intended to capture the essence of the Islamic and Moroccan style.
• Madrasa Ben Youssef. This Coranic school is named after the Almoravid Sultan Ali Ibn Yusuf (reigned 1106–1142). Madrasa Ben Youssef is the largest in all of Morocco.
• the Saadian tombs, which is a site that dates back to the time of the sultan Ahmad al-Mansur (1578-1603). The tombs were discovered in 1917 and were restored by the Beaux-arts service. If there is time left you can visit:
• the world famous Jema El Fna Square where you will enjoy amazing performance of traditional activities by storytellers, snake charmers, peddlers of traditional medicines and the markets.
Early evening or depend of the time to leave we will drop you off at the airport.